Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday - Christmas Decor

The day is finally here!  I seriously look forward to this day all year long!  I adore Christmas decor and love seeing how other people do theirs.  There is nothing happier than a house decorated for Christmas!

We moved our tree location this year and I couldn't love it more...




I shifted the chairs around, removed an ottoman and centered it on the front window (it's not centered in the room... but is centered with the front of our house if that makes sense).


I love that there's space for presents, room to sit and enjoy the tree and you can see it from pretty much our entire downstairs (and the street - which we love!)


On the side table I have  this candle, a faux topiary and a one piece nativity I received as a gift years ago (I LOVE one piece nativities!)



On the shelf I didn't do much... I just added a couple of nativities and that was pretty much it.


I put a few glass ornaments into the glass cake stand with a set of  these lights (they're battery operated and have a remote!) and they look so pretty at night.



This nativity was a wedding gift and is my most favorite item to get out at Christmas.


Our tree doesn't have a theme or a color scheme.  It's full of ornaments that we've exchanged over the years, ones we've picked up while on trips and ones that the kids have made (the best!).  It's a hodge podge full of memories and I couldn't love it more.


When we go places we let the kids pick out ornaments they like as our souvenirs...


... and the homemade ones are the best :)



I picked up this (faux) Delft windmill at a Christmas shop in Vail Village this summer because it reminded me of my Oma and all the Delft she had in her house.  It's extra special this Christmas.


Told you it was hodge podge :)


Last year the tree was where the little table/lamp is  and since we moved the tree this year I was able to add garland all the way up the stairs.


All the garlands I have are plain and unlit.  I add in the picks, ornaments and other things to make it full and visually interesting.




I added a garland to the console in the office...


... and filled it with all kinds of gold ornaments and glass beads.


Coming out of the office...


We have  smaller tree in the dining room (if you've been reading here a while this used to go in my old kitchen next to the fireplace) and a garland on the buffet piece.


Dave and I got married in December and had matte glass ornaments as our favors.  We had a 10 foot tree at the venue that we filled with all these beautiful glass balls with little tags on them with our names and date.  We had way more than we needed and I love that we get to pull them out every year and use them in our Christmas decor.





Since this tree and garland used to be in our kitchen I have all this pretty jeweled fruit that I use and love the colors in our dining room.








In the family room I switched out a few pillows and added a couple of poinsettias...



.... and of course added in as many twinkle lights as I could manage :)


On the console table we have more of our wedding ornaments mixed in with twinkle lights and glass beads along with another nativity and our Giving Manger.




Our stockings are GIANT and don't match anything else and we love them :)









The little niche next to the fireplace is always hard for me so I tried to keep it pretty simple.


I can't get enough of this Vine and Branches sign!








Something else I've added this year is our "santa picture tree".  I really wanted a way to display our annual santa pictures, but couldn't figure out a way to handle all those frames so I decided to just find frames that would work as ornaments! 





The space was small so I ordered  this tree (it's the same one we have in the playroom so I knew it would work) and I found the frames at Hobby Lobby.  They were the perfect size and worked well because they weren't too heavy.  I just twisted an ornament hanger through the honeycomb part at the top and was done!


Things in the kitchen are pretty simple...


.... Mason picked out an amaryllis at Trader Joe's and I put a few roses into a small copper pot that belonged to my grandparents.

My FAVORITE plate (the kids made it last year) and  a few festive tea towels ...




... and then a basket of cards and mini tree for the table.


The desk area has a galvanized tray with the Santa plates and bowls that the kids use every night along with some fun and festive napkins that we throw into their lunch boxes.




Keepin' it real with the vacuum on the counter :) 


And let's be real.. the best part of the decor is the twinkle lights in the evening....

  


I'm a lamp light girl 100% so all the twinkle lights are totally my love language.



So there you go!  Way too many picture of our downstairs :)  I'm going to share the few little touches we added upstairs on Thursday and I'd love for y'all to link up and share your decor as well! 

Happy HAPPY Tuesday, friends!

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47 comments :

  1. Absolutely loved the tour! Beautiful! I need a tutorial post on how you make your garland!

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    1. Thank you! I literally just stick stuff in there :) hahaha I don't wire anything in and I change it up year to year.

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  2. Your big tree in that front room is gorgeous! Love how you can seenit through the window. So so cute, Andrea!!

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    1. Thank you!!! Now you need to come over and drink tea by it with me :)

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  3. Gorgeous decorations (as usual!) I love all your nativity sets!

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  4. Your house is so festive and cozy, friend!! Seriously so pretty!!! ❤️❤️

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  5. I couldn't pick a favorite room if I had to!! It's all so pretty!!

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    1. Awwww!!! Thanks, girl! :) The feeling is mutual!

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  6. Oh i thought this post was next week as it said the 12th on the initial calendar. Love your beautiful truee

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    1. Ahhh! I couldn't wait so last week I announced I moved it :) I'll leave the link up active through next week so you can still add your link then if you want!

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  7. So beautiful. I love garlands and trees and twinkling lights. Homes sparkle and shine the most at Christmas :) LOVE IT! xoxo ERIN

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  8. I just love seeing all the holiday touches you do!!

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  9. I love these posts so much!! Your home looks beautiful!!

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  10. Absolutely LOVING your Santa picture tree. What a great idea! What size of frames did you use?

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  11. Beautiful! You're home is so warm & cozy looking. Love it! GREAT idea for the Santa tree! I needed that when mine were younger. :)

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous, Andrea!! I'd love to curl up by your tree. :) Thank you for sharing!!

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  13. I love all of your decorations! :)

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  14. Love it! Trees that are filled with mismatched family ornaments are my favorite and yours is perfect! The Santa picture tree is a great idea too-it's all so cute!

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  15. LOVED the house tour! Your home looks lovely. Happy Christmas!

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  16. So pretty, I especially LOVE your garlands. Any chance you would do a tutorial on how you spruce up a plain one for us challenged in this area? It's my dream to be able to make something so pretty like that but I'm still struggling with it.

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    1. Sure! I may have to do a video tutorial sometime soon! I literally just stick stuff in there though - I don't wire anything in

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  17. I love your house all decorated- it is so pretty! And the Santa picture tree is ingenious! A quick tip from a fellow cat owner- keep Jellybean away from the poinsettias if they are real- they are poisonous to kitties. We always have to use fake ones in our house. I hope you guys have a great Christmas!

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  18. Can I just have your entire house? LOVE LOVE LOVE. My love language is also twinkle lights...and all things Christmas :) Once again, well done on the décor!!

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  19. Thanks so much for the tip, Mel! I'll be sure to keep them away from her!

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    1. No problem :). I figured you maybe knew, but it was worth mentioning.

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous, you definitely have a decorator's eye. I'm way behind on my decorating and need to get going today.

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  21. Your house pictures make me really want a tiered tray. And trays all over actually.

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  22. Where did you find the santa plates? cute~

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  23. I love the new spot for the big tree! It fits so perfectly in that space and it looks so magical from the outside. I also think the Santa picture tree is such a great idea and I may have to be copycat! Like you, I am having a hard time finding the right space for all of the frames and they crowd every shelf I attempt to put them on (no matter how many times I rearrange!) Now I will be on the hunt to find similar lightweight frames to hang. Thank you for opening up your beautiful home and have a very merry Christmas season! - Sarah from NYC

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  24. I love all of your decorations and personal touches. I linked up again this year- so much FUN!

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  25. Nothing better than a hodge podge tree filled with memories!! ❤️🎄

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  26. Such an enjoyable tour! Everything is so lovely and warm and inviting.Yes, twinkle lights at night just scream the Christmas season. Love them! I love the Sweet Tea sign, sooooo cute and soooooo Southern.

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  27. It's all so cozy and inviting:). I couldn't love it more. The santa tree is ingenious! I'm having a hard time displaying all our santa pictures (6 children, 9 grandchildren and counting!;) This may be the way to go next year! Thank you for the home tour :).

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  28. It all looks very pretty and festive. Good job with the decorating! Our tree is a hodgepodge of ornaments too.

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  29. Your home is absolutely beautiful! Love all of the Christmas décor and that you have multiple trees. I'm toying with the idea of putting a small tree in the kitchen next Christmas and maybe mini trees in each of the kids' bedrooms.

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